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Remove Sharpie Permanent Marker From Stone

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I have red Sharpie permanent marker on my River Rock Stone Fireplace. My son wrote on one of the stones and no matter what I have used it will not come off. I even tried bleach. Any suggestions?

TIC from PA

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By ScottieV03/19/2012

Oh, let me be specific, Lysol disinfectant spray. Not any of their other floor cleaning products or the like (sorry, I wasn't thinking).

By ScottieV03/19/2012

Try Lysol. I just used it on our stone patio table and it is almost totally gone. You can only tell if you know it was there. I am hoping once it sits overnight and I seal that spot again, you won't be able to see it at all. Good Luck!

By Vern03/15/2011

My 5 yr old son did this with a black sharpie on 3 types of stone at his grand parent's house (YIKES!): grey polished slate, varnished marble bowl, white granite with no finish. It came off of the slate the easiest and the varnished granite using 409, dish soap, and one of those "Magic Sponges". The white marble was porous and soaked in the sharpie dye/ink.

We thought something acid would help. I also tried a paste of Ajax cleanser with no luck. A long soak in an acidic solvent should do it (100% Ethanol at pH 3-5). My son added "eyes" to this white marble female figurine. If soaking the head causes a stain, we'll soak the whole thing. If this works, we'll post it.

As for his grandmother's grudge, nothing will remove that stain.

Good luck.

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I have red Sharpie permanent marker on my river rock stone Fireplace. My son wrote on one of the stones and no matter what I have used it will not come off. I even tried bleach. Any suggestions?

TIC from PA


RE: Remove Sharpie Permanent Marker From Stone

Could you use a Dremel rotary tool with an abrasive drum (sandpaper?) to grind or sand it off? That's probably what I'd try, or sponge/smudge on some matching craft paint to cover it up. Good luck. (06/19/2005)

By Grandma Margie

RE: Remove Sharpie Permanent Marker From Stone

I have had good luck in removing inks with cheap hair spray or rubbing alcohol. Spray, allow to soak in and scrub. It takes several attempts. (06/19/2005)

By Wanda

RE: Remove Sharpie Permanent Marker From Stone

You could write to the manufacturer for advice www.sanfordcorporation.com (06/19/2005)

By michelle h

RE: Remove Sharpie Permanent Marker From Stone

Try a product called Awesome sold at Dollar Tree. I sat on a purple Sharpie, open of course, on my tan suede like couch and had 3 quarter size spots. It took it right off. It was a miracle. It did not take the ink off of my shorts though! Give it a try! (06/23/2005)

By suzi homemaker

Sharpie and Comet

My 3 year old did a few lines of Sharpie on my dining room table. A few hours later, we used a sponge with a scouring back, and used Comet cleaner. The markings came off. (05/14/2006)

By Danny if OH

RE: Remove Sharpie Permanent Marker From Formica Desktop

I used rubbing alcohol on a a Q-tip. The permanent marker came off easily! (12/04/2006)

By Shari

RE: Remove Sharpie Permanent Marker From Stone

I found this online, but I bet they have something like it at Home Depot or the like. I like it because it's made from environmentally friendly products.

http://www.ecodistributiongroup.com/productpages/GraffitiRemover.html

Soygreen Graffiti Remover

"User and Environmentally Safe
Ideal for schools, hospitals, public housing and public transportation" (01/16/2007)

By Cyinda

RE: Remove Sharpie Permanent Marker From Stone

I just removed Sharpie from my white desk with rubbing alcohol and a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser! (05/16/2007)

By NJ Mom

RE: Remove Sharpie Permanent Marker From Stone

This page was on my screen as I was using nail polish remover to clean off the Sharpie my son drew on it. It has done a pretty good job so far; it may be the acetone. (05/19/2007)

By Ben

RE: Remove Sharpie Permanent Marker From Stone

Using a white board marker over the Sharpie ink, them wiping with rubbing alcohol will remove it from most smooth surfaces. (09/29/2007)

By Kirkster1961

Aerosol!

If it is a smooth plastic/rubber/metal/wood etc. surface, use anything that is aerosol then rub it away with a paper towel, repeat. If it is cloth use a product called "Wine away" it's made for wine, but works for all sorts of things. (12/11/2007)

By Connor

RE: Remove Sharpie Permanent Marker From Stone

Try some WD 40, it works on almost anything with a porous surface. My girlfriend had glue on her new "high dollar" wood flooring, we used it and it removed all traces. It is an excellent petroleum based product. It removes ink from just about everything else. (12/20/2007)

By tupelohoney17

RE: Remove Sharpie Permanent Marker From Stone

Use tooth paste or spray on sunblock. (01/25/2008)

By sharpie remover man 101

RE: Remove Sharpie Permanent Marker From Stone

Use the Oder-Eaters spray. The foot powder spray? Yeah, it'll make the stuff wipe right off. I found that out tonight. (05/02/2008)

RE: Remove Sharpie Permanent Marker From Stone

Dawn dish soap and a brush in circular motions, (06/06/2008)

RE: Remove Sharpie Permanent Marker From Stone

Any oil/grease based product seems to work as long as it's not on fabric. Hand lotion and sunscreen seem to be the easiest and cheapest (especially when family members love gifting you scents you hate). Although to get it off of flesh (like creative 5 yr olds) you need to use it within the first 2 hours. (10/01/2008)

By Cat

RE: Remove Sharpie Permanent Marker From Stone

OK so spray sunscreen does work, BUT be careful. It will also remove paint. My daughter colored all over my white Pottery Barn table. I did remove the Sharpie marker, but took some of the paint off leaving the finish very dull. It does look better than marker. I would just recommend a small spot test first! I used the aresol sunscreen. (10/04/2008)

By Jen I.

RE: Remove Sharpie Permanent Marker From Stone

I got Sharpie on the kitchen counter. I read these posts by people and found the the WD-40 and rubbing alcohol mixed worked wonders. About 98% of the marks came off. So I was satisfied. But then just to get the the chemicals off for a clean space, I used 409. Wonderful. 100% clean. (10/17/2008)

By Bruce

RE: Remove Sharpie Permanent Marker From Stone

We didn't have rubbing alcohol, but started using nail polish remover. Nail polish remover and WD-40 work great. Use the remover then the WD-40 and keep repeating until gone. Mixed together they didn't work as well. The remover loosened the marker and the WD-40 pulled it up from the stone. Baby oil works great and is safe to remove marker from skin. Thanks for all the suggestions. Good luck! (01/10/2009)

By Mother of Two

RE: Remove Sharpie Permanent Marker From Stone

I got paint on my dinning room table and used Skin So Soft to remove it. It worked great and smells pretty good too! (02/12/2009)

By Nicole

RE: Remove Sharpie Permanent Marker From Stone

Oxiclean works. (02/26/2009)

By Lyn

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